Professor Baba Musta is the Dean of Faculty of Science & Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). He was appointed to his present position in 2012. Apart from administrative duties, he also teaches Geochemistry, Soil Science, Historical Geology & Stratigraphy, Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology and Geology Interpretation to undergraduates. His research interest lies in Geochemistry, Geotechnic, Engineering Geology and Environmental Geology.
Professor Baba graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Geology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1991. He graduated with a MSc (Geochemistry) from the same university in 1995, and later with a PhD. (Geotechnics – Environmental Geotechnics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM in 2003. Between 1992 and 1996, while carrying out his MSc and PhD. researches, he also served as tutor and lecturer. Professor Baba was officially appointed as an academic staff at Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 1996. He was appointed to Associate Professor in 2005 and Professor in 2015. He was also involved as a consultant in studies of environmental impact assessment, hazard assessment and soil investigation.
Professor Baba is a certified Professional Geologist (P.Geol.) with the Board of Geologists Malaysia, and is also a member of Institute Geology of Malaysia (IGM) and Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM). Professor Baba has more than 100 research papers in the field of geology, geochemistry and environmental geotechnics. His Google Scholar profile is: 733 citations, H-index 14 and i10-index 27 (accessed 7/5/2022).
Associate Professor Dr. Meor Hakif Bin Amir Hassan is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Geology, University of Malaya (UM). He teaches undergraduate courses in Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, as well as postgraduate topics in Reservoir Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy. Previously, he was the Coordinator for the MSc in Petroleum Geology Programme for 5 years. Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the Malaysian Journal of Science and Assistant Editor for the Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia and Warta Geologi. Dr. Meor graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Geology from UM in 2002, which included an early exposure to the petroleum industry through an internship with Esso Production Malaysia Inc. (EPMI) on abnormal pressure in offshore Sabah. While being a Tutor at UM, he graduated with a MSc. (with distinction) in 2005, with a dissertation revising the stratigraphy of NW Peninsular Malaysia. The MSc. included research and training on graptolite biostratigraphy at the Technische Universitat Berlin in Germany, which was supported by a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholarship.
In 2005, Dr. Meor worked as an Executive Geoscientist in the Petroleum Resource Assessment and Marketing division, Petroleum Management Unit (PMU) of PETRONAS, mainly working on sequence stratigraphy and sequence biostratigraphy of the Sarawak Basin, and also gaining experience in resource assessment, well log interpretation, seismic interpretation and well operations monitoring. Dr. Meor graduated with a Ph.D and DIC from Imperial College, University of London in 2011. His Ph.D project was on the sedimentology of the Nyalau Formation and Balingian Province of the Sarawak Basin. Since then, he has been actively involved as a consultant on many sedimentological related studies with several oil and gas companies. Part of the PhD included fieldwork in Bintulu, Sarawak, core description at PETRONAS and a secondment to Petrofac Malaysia (PM-304) Ltd in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Meor also took the advantage during his PhD to visit the textbook outcrops of the Book Cliffs (Sego Fm, Ferron Sandstone, Chinle Fm., Morrison Fm.) in Utah, USA, as well as the Welsh and Wessex Basins of the UK.
Dr. Meor Hakif frequently leads sedimentology, stratigraphy and petroleum geology fieldtrips to the Palaeozoic strata of NW Peninsular Malaysia and the hydrocarbon-bearing, Neogene strata of Sarawak and Labuan. He maintains good relationships with industry, with several consulting projects and fieldtrips organized for companies. He is also the Faculty Advisor for the AAPG Student Chapter of UM and a Life Member of the Geological Society of Malaysia. Dr. Meor’s current research interests in sedimentology mainly lies in the facies composition and stratal architecture of siliciclastic rocks, and how they are used to infer depositional and basin history. In particular, many of his publications are on tidal deposits preserved in the Oligo-Miocene rock record of Malaysia. The work involves integration with fields and specialists beyond traditional geology, including geophysics and engineering. His work is mainly field-based, with field experience in northwest Peninsular Malaysia (Perlis, Kedah, Langkawi), Sarawak (Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Marudi, Limbang, Lawas), Labuan and Sabah (Klias, Kota Kinabalu area, Kudat).
Dr. Meor is also a worker on the stratigraphy of the Palaeozoic succession of northwest Peninsular Malaya, specializing in the palaeontology and biostratigraphy of Devonian tentaculitoids and graptoloids and Carboniferous ammonoids. Results of this work include the discovery and naming of a new species of ammonoid, Praedaraelites tuntungensis, from Bukit Tuntung in Perlis. Dr. Meor also uncovered a previously unknown Devonian stratigraphic unit, now called the Sanai Limestone. Dr. Meor is a certified Professional Geologist (P.Geol.) with the Board of Geologists Malaysia.
Associate Professor Dr. Mohammed Hail Abdulgalil Khalid Hakimi is an Associate Professor at the Geology Department, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Taiz University, Yemen where he teaches Historical Geology, Subsurface Geology, Petrophysics, Petroleum Geology, Petroleum Geochemistry, Source rocks Evaluation, Physical Geology (General Geology), Well logging and Formation Evaluation. Dr. Mohammed Hail graduated with a BSc. (Hons) from Taiz University. He graduated with a MSc from the King Abdulazizi University, Saudi Arabia in 2007, followed by a PhD. from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 2011. In 2001, he started working as a SLAB tutor at the Taiz University, and was then appointed as a lecturer in 2004. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as a research assistant at the Department of Geology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur while undertaking his PhD studies. Following that, he was next accepted as a post-doctoral research fellow for 1 year. He returned to Taiz University to serve as an assistant professor in 2012, and was appointed to Associate Professor in 2018. Between 2019 and 2020, Dr Mohammed Hail was also a senior research fellow at the University of Malaya.
Dr Mohammed Hail is a member of the Geological Society of Yemen, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, Geological Society of Malaysia, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers and, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has published almost 200 research papers in the field of Petroleum Geology (petroleum system analysis, basin modelling) and Petroleum Geochemistry (source rock evaluation, thermal maturity assessment, kerogen typing, oil-generating potential of organic-rich sediments & coals & coaly sediments, biomarkers of source rocks and oils, biomarkers). His Google Scholar profile is: 2,713 citations, H-index 31 and i10-index 73 (accessed 7/5/2022).